Lot 158 - 1963 Austin Healey 3000 Mk. IIA BJ7
|Odometer reading||60,295 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £40,320|
The Healey 3000 represents one of the most graceful and yet powerful classic English sportscars ever produced. It could be argued, globally. It started with the 100/4, subsequently enlarged to 2.6 litres in the 100/6 and finally the, powerful incarnation, the three litre, 3000. All three incarnations looked superb and drove equally well hence their regular use within motorsport. Twin SU carburettors and front disc brakes combined to good effect, the car was well balanced and powerful. The BJ7 was really an advanced Healey 3000 with a more considered windscreen design, wind up windows and a quick action folding roof.
The left to righthand drive converted example is the result of a deceased estate and has been owned for just two years by the vendor (and family) before this has now become available. Part of a collection, this was well looked after since its acquisition from respected dealers, Yorkshire Classic & Sportscars. It was in their care that it received a ground-up restoration changing the colour scheme from red paint with black leather seating to classic blue over cream with blue leather trim and white piping. Naturally the engine and gearbox have been completely rebuilt and now benefit from triple Weber 45DCOs and a stainless steel exhaust. In addition, a new blue Double Duck soft-top has been fabricated to complement the Heritage Certificate together with a new 12 month MoT test certificate. The dominant marque specialist, Bill Rawles, confirmed its identity as a rare IIA and we believe this to be a competitively priced, well presented example.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.